Breaking: CCRP Formally Requests Prosecutor to Investigate Greg Kimsey

Posted: November 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the wake of numerous complaints from anti-Charter activists regarding Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey’s decision to publish two pages of what they consider pro-Charter literature in the county voter’s pamphlet, the executive board of the Clark County Republican Party tonight has filed a request that Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik investigate possible violations of Washington campaign law. Included in the allegations detailed in the request is that Kimsey, as an elected official, used the “facilities of a public office” in the promotion of a ballot proposition. RCW 42.17A.555 defines, among other things, the “facilities of the office” to include publications of the office. The written request details two alleged violations of the same section of law.

This action by the CCRP is in keeping with the new ‘Core Principles’ that were passed by a super-majority of the Republican Precinct Committee Officers in August. Specifically, the ‘Accountability’ core principle reads “Public officials should be held accountable to their oath of office, regardless of party affiliation.”

The request reads in part:

Greg Kimsey actively campaigned for the passage of Proposition 1, and while doing so used copies of pages 58-59 of the 2014 Voter’s Pamphlet as his primary campaign literature in support of his promotion of the aforementioned proposition.

a. He attached copies of pages 58-59 in promotional emails distributed to large lists in which he advocated for Proposition 1 and referenced the attached pages as his primary literature in support of the proposition.

b. He attended political and community events, including neighborhood association meetings and town-hall style meetings for the purpose of promoting passage of Proposition 1, using as his primary supportive campaign literature pages 58-59 of the Voter’s Pamphlet.

c. In an Op-Ed he wrote in the October 22, 2014 edition of The Reflector newspaper, the sole purpose of which was to advocate for yes votes for Proposition 1, he closed his article with the statement “Pages 58 and 59 of the voters’ pamphlet provide information describing the Charter. This information is in addition to the statements from the “Pro” and “Con” committees”. This is further indication that the information he put into the Voter’s Pamphlet is perceived by him to be advocacy of Proposition 1, and, is another example of his use of the publication itself in his advocacy of Proposition 1

…Greg Kimsey fully believed the content of pages 58-59 to be in support of Proposition 1 as evidenced by his decision to employ their use as the primary promotional literature of his Proposition 1 campaign efforts.

The full text can be read here:

LetterToGolik_20141104

The prosecutor has up to 45 days to decide what action, if any, to take, after which, upon 10 days written notice, a citizen’s petition could be filed. This particular petition involves appealing to the court to intercede (as opposed to the signature-gathering variety). Updates to follow.

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Comments
  1. Frank Decker says:

    This is what doing the right thing looks like. Almost can’t recognize it anymore as it happens so infrequently nowadays. Well done, Kenny Smith and CCRP team. Well done.

  2. Caroline Plumlee says:

    Frank Decker, you are exactly correct.

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